MADE Co-Founder appointed as Houston's Inaugural Young Ambassador by Mayor Turner

Yash Semlani was appointed as Houston’s Inaugural Young Ambassador by Mayor Turner at an event on Feb 7th at City Hall and was awarded a proclamation for his role as a young community leader. His parents CK and Gauri Semlani were present at the appointment.

The mission of the Mayor’s Young Ambassador Program is to provide elementary and middle school students the opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills while learning about city government. Members develop a sense of personal growth and achievement, a profound understanding of city initiatives and work to establish a rapport with community leaders and the citizens of Houston. Young Ambassadors will serve the city in their roles for one month, participating in various community service projects and special events.

Yash will focus on three service areas: Children’s Literacy, Children’s Hunger and Harmony in Diversity

Yash was awarded a proclamation by the Mayor and Feb 7th was names "Yash Semlani Day"

Link to video of his speech at City Council:

Yash Semlani to co-host iWrite Luncheon on Nov 5th

MADE Co-Founder 10yr old Yash Semlani to host the iWrite Luncheon on Nov 5th. Yash is an avid reader himself and passionate about helping kids his age to read and also to publish.


Details about the event:


The iWRITE Literacy Luncheon & Book Signing will be held on November 5, 2016 at the Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston.

We are thrilled to welcome Houston Astros Catcher, Jason Castro and wife, Maris as this year’s Honorary Luncheon Chairs as we honor Jeff Cohen, Executive Vice President and Editor of the Houston Chronicle. Joining them as co-hosts of the evening will be Debbie Pakzaban and M.A.D.E. Founder, ten-year-old Yash Semlani. We are excited to have multiple literacy leaders on board this year as we celebrate our newly published 65 young authors and illustrators. Tickets and Tables available on the website link. 

Schedule of Events:
11:00am - 11:45am: Registration & Luxury Raffle
11:00am - 11:45am: Underwriter Reception
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Luncheon and Speaker Program
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Book Signing

Link to tickets:

MADE Co-Founder 9yr old Yash Semlani wins Houston Business Journal award

This year, we had a few of our youngest applicants yet, and a couple stood out enough for the judges to recognize them with a special “Two under 20” award. Nine-year-old Yash Semlani, co-founder of Make A Difference Entrep  (M.A.D.E.) Inc., and 17-year-old Madison Nicole Robinson, founder and designer of FishFlops, are the inaugural recipients of the award.




MADE Co-Founder Yash Semlani was invited to be the Kid Host for the Night of Superstars,  a grand “Oscar-like” charity event, that is in its 11th year in Dallas area and draws a large numbers of local celebrities and high-profile personalities, mass media attention and hundreds of guests; all to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most amazing kids in the area who are affected by varying types of disabling conditions; yet reach far beyond their adversities excelling in areas such as academics, athletics, the arts and community service. 

Pictures from DFW Event on Sept 26th. Houston Event coming up on Oct, 17th, 2015

Yash and CK featured on ABC Visions

A profile on 9-year old Yash Semlani, an entrepreneur who has earned accolades and awards for his many ventures. He has taken much of the proceeds from his business ventures and donated them to charity.

CK Semlani, Yash's father and President of M.A.D.E. (Make A Difference Entrepreneurs), discusses his son's early entrepreneurial spirit.

Link to Interview:

MADE Co-Founder Yash Semlani speaks at the YPO/WPO Global Edge in Australia

Yash was an invited Main Stage speaker at the YPO-WPO Global conference in Melbourne, Australia to address 2000+ global executives on a talk titled “You are never too young or old to be an entrepreneur”

 Here is the link to some press coverage he received from that event.

CNBC Interview:

SMART company magazine Article:

Venture magazine:

MADE 4th Annual Mix & Mingle hosted by Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Special thanks to #HoustonButterflies, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., for hosting a Mix & Mingle in Houston focused on non-profits. MADE representative and Youth Advisory Board member, Anastasia Snyder, was on hand to share the MADE vision with the guests of the event. Special thanks to Sandra E. Ozigbo, (2nd from right), for inviting MADE to participate.

Yash Semlani keynote speaker at TEDx Youth Houston

Yash Semlani keynote speaker at TEDx Youth Houston

On November 15, 2014 TEDxYouth@Houston brought together an impressive gathering of inspired young people and adults to celebrate big ideas! One of the speakers was MADE's very own co-founder, Yash Semlani. HIs "Young Entrepreneurs" speech resonated with the crowd and upon its completion, he received a standing ovation.